Linked by RavinRay on Thu 23rd Jul 2009 20:10 UTC
Windows "Windows Vista has been dragged through the IT industry mud for most of its life, in some cases for good reason. But Microsoft's OEM chief believes that Windows 7's success will help repair the damage to Vista's reputation and polish its legacy. Windows 7 and Windows Vista share much of the same code, and over time, this could cause Windows Vista bashers to soften their views, said Steve Guggenheimer, vice president of the OEM division at Microsoft. 'I think people will look back on Vista after the Windows 7 release and realize that there were actually a bunch of good things there,' Guggenheimer said in a recent interview. 'So it'll actually be interesting to see in two years what the perception is of Vista.'"
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Set in stone
by zaine_ridling on Thu 23rd Jul 2009 20:33 UTC
zaine_ridling
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2007-05-13

I'd say that ship has already left, and those perceptions are hard set. In two years, no one will be writing about Vista except in some likely "Retrospective of Microsoft's 21st century failures" article.

Too many of those frustrated users have long left for *nix OSes like Linux and OSX, and will never give Vista a thought, much less Win7. Win7 will be the last Microsoft OS as we know it, as users will squat on it for ten years like they have XP.

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RE: Set in stone
by boldingd on Thu 23rd Jul 2009 22:53 in reply to "Set in stone"
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2009-02-19

Too many of those frustrated users have long left for *nix OSes like Linux and OSX, and will never give Vista a thought, much less Win7. Win7 will be the last Microsoft OS as we know it, as users will squat on it for ten years like they have XP.


You're right about one thing: Microsoft will sit on Win7 until competition from OS X (and Ubuntu, probably/hopefully) forces them to do better. Microsoft, in my assessment, has something of a habit of sitting on the same product, flawed or not, for as long as they can possibly get away with. Not that any corporation wouldn't do the same.

But I doubt that users have been deserting Windows in droves. It's way too entrenched, and many see Linux/BSD as being too technical and too unstable, and OS X as being unafordable -- and then there are gamers, like me, who like Linux, and even run what we can in Wine, but still have Windows installed on our main systems, because there just isn't a viable alternative for a decent gaming experience. Most, I suspect, have not had a bad enough experience with Vista to actually switch to a different O.S. They either use Vista and gripe, or use XP and gripe.

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RE: Set in stone
by BluenoseJake on Sat 25th Jul 2009 18:08 in reply to "Set in stone"
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2005-08-11

those 20 people that turned to Linux or OS X because Vista sucked so bad are not any worry to MS.

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RE[2]: Set in stone
by Johann Chua on Mon 27th Jul 2009 07:33 in reply to "RE: Set in stone"
Johann Chua Member since:
2005-07-22

Yeah, it's all the people who stuck with XP instead of upgrading to Vista that MS was worried about.

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